' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: April 2023

Sunday 23 April 2023

Frame of roses

Welcome to my second inspiration post for our Country View Challenges, hosted this month by Rachel who chose "Things with Wings" as the theme. 

This time I chose a real winged creature, inspired by a floating frame of flowers and leaves. 

To make it I die-cut and stamped many roses from the The Sweet Life Stamp and Dies Sets from Papertrey Ink set (quite old BTW). 

Then on a piece of cardstock the size of the finished card I placed my blooms until they created a pleasing effect, like this: 

Now I placed a rectangle die in the middle to create an aperture and lifted everything using sticky paper (removable) and run the sandwich through the die-cutting machine. [Country View Crafts stock a masking paper which is great for that.] 
Before removing the paper I put foam pads all around the roses making sure all the die-cuts had a bit of foam and enough so that the frame would be stable. 
Time to turn to the focal point, Pip, a freebie from the Papercrafter magazine issue 183, by Two Red Robins. 

The freebie robin had a die and its own stamp, but, would you believe it, unmatched, since they were mirror images of each other and therefore quite unusable!

So, I went in search of a printed Pip on their website and found a Black and white freebie file. With a bit of image manipulation I printed him in different shades so I could with pencils colour him as I wanted.

I got Pip a branch to stand on, part of the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 20PK - Christmas Shadow Box by Courtney Chilson and placed both behind the frame, before adhering the card base to the frame and bird. I quite liked it like that with flowers uncut on the outside but reasoned that it would be a better look for a wall display than a card, since I still had to put it in an envelope...

With a pair of scissors I simply cut the overhang following the shape of the card and voilĂ  a standard card size again!

I am thinking of several versions of this one, with different stamps and dies as frame... Watch this space.

Your turn to create a project with Winged creatures and link up your project to the Country View Challenges for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield     I am entering the SSS Monday, We Love Stamping
                                                        Stamping  Sensations and Allsorts challenges

Thursday 13 April 2023

CASe of wine

For the first time in a long time I have been able to make more than 2 projects a month!

Starting with a CAS card that is part of a series of 10  I am making for a gift. 
I will be adding envelopes, tags and will also make a box to present them.  

I have used Visible Image 99% Chance of Wine stamp and die sets for this card. 

The 2 glasses at the front are die-cut the others stamped directly on the base card, using grey and maroon inks. 

I added colour to the cork and a "table" under my glasses with pencils and the sentiment has been printed on the card. The other half of this funny quote is revealed on the inside page: 

Thanks for coming by, Cheers!

 Craftyfield      I am entering the Allsorts, Stamping Sensations, and                                                                                    We Love Stamping challenges

Saturday 1 April 2023

Spring gives you wings

April is the month when the weather starts to be interesting over here, well warmer anyhow! I feel the sun rays cheer me up and give me wings... And Things with Wings is the theme chosen by Rachel for our Country View Challenges. So birds, bees, butterflies and faeries are all welcome!

I started with fairie:

All stamps are from Lavinia.
I stamped and masked the moon (LAV431) before applying Distress inks for the background. I also added paper masks for the hills.
Next I stamped the Open Dandelions (LAV 745) et and the faerie (Mia) and to finish I repeat stamped the Oak Leaf (LAV760) and embossed Stars Mini (LAV152) with WOW! Embossing Glitter - White Twinkle.

I matted the image on black and orange cardstock and left the sentiment for the inside of the card!
Your turn to create a Birthday card for men and link up your project to the Country View Challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield     I am entering the SSS Wednesday and Allsorts challenges